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The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam is cancelled. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has taken the difficult decision to not continue with the live event as planned due to the uncertainty created by the spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe and the restrictions put in place by the governments of the participating broadcasters and the Dutch authorities. The text below remains as a tribute to the great work of Dutch Host Broadcasters NPO, AVROTROS and NOS.

In 2020, next to the 3 live shows at Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam was supposed to host the Opening Ceremony at the Cruise Terminal, the official EuroClub at the Maassilo and the Eurovision Village on the Binnenrotte market square.

Opening Ceremony

On Sunday 10 May, the Opening Ceremony would have taken place at the Cruise Terminal.

Cruise Terminal RotterdamCruise Port Rotterdam


The Eurovision Song Contest 2020's official EuroClub was supposed to be located in the Maassilo in Rotterdam.

RotterdamIris van den Broek

Maassilo is one of the most spectacular club venues in the Netherlands and the place to go for a great night out. It is known for its innovative mix of dance, pop, art and theatre events.

Eurovision Village

The Eurovision Village was supposed to be located on the Binnenrotte market square in the centre of Rotterdam. It’s almost impossible to envision Rotterdam’s humble origins on this spot by the little Rotte River.

RotterdamIris van den Broek

The Binnenrotte market square is a cosmopolitan area featuring hypermodern architecture, like the Markthal. This characteristic area welcomes visitors on a daily basis and, over the last few years, there has been an increase of travellers to this exciting Rotterdam hotspot.

The market square is the official festival area where visitors would have seen live performances from artists and DJs, and would have watched the live broadcast shows.

Source: Rotterdam Tourist Information

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